A thought to remember, Marx said, “Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed.”
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.
The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.
If you see that all of this wonderful government “help” is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America & Canada, you might want to share this with your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably not share this. BUT, God help us all when the gate slams shut!
Think about this Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”
I could not agree more, there are more with their hands out than those with working hands. I recently read that 20 cents out of every dollar I earn goes to someone sitting on their ass. Over half of the births today is to an unmarried woman (closer to 70% but could not find the reference). I wonder if we stopped paying would the birth rate go down. What should be done is if you are in need, then we should find that person a job doing something. Maybe picking up trash on 94, mowing parks, or cleaning hiking trails.
A 2012 Congressional Research Study looked at the number of ABAWD (able-bodied-adults-without-dependents) receiving food stamps during the first few years of the Obama administration, and found that between 2008 and 2010, the number of beneficiaries nearly doubled. In 2008, there were 1.9 million ABAWD. In 2010, there were 3.9 million ABAWD on food stamps.
In Alabama, the state government began to require this year that able-bodied adults without dependents in 13 of its counties either have a job or go through a work training program while receiving benefits. The result has been a staggering 85 percent decrease in the number of food stamp beneficiaries in those counties. As of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 13,663 able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamps statewide. That number dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017. Among the 13 counties, there were 5,538 adults ages 18-50 without dependents receiving food stamps as of Jan. 1, 2017. That number dropped to 831 — a decline of about 85 percent — by May 1, 2017. And in Georgia, state lawmakers began requiring this year that ABAWD in 21 of its counties either hold a job or complete job training as a condition of receiving food stamps. So far, the requirement has resulted in a 62 percent drop in the number of beneficiaries in those same 21 counties. When the April 1 deadline came around for them to find work, more than half — 7,251 — were dropped from the program, according to state figures released this week. Essentially, the number of recipients spiraled down from 11,779 to 4,528, or a drop of 62 percent. Kansas, Utah and Maine will introduce a (work for welfare) program this year.
Where is Colorado, leaning left again, Colorado ranks 46th in the nation in the latest from Hunger Free Colorado, released Thursday (a question-able number). The national average is 75 percent of eligible people receiving food stamps, compared with Colorado’s 57 percent. Here are some statements from Hunger Free Colorado, “It needs to become more of a priority in Colorado,” said Michelle Ray, communications director for Hunger Free Colorado. “There are long-standing issues with the administration of food stamps in our state and access for those who are eligible. “At minimum, we should be average.” Colorado has improved since 1994, when just 36 percent of people eligible for food stamps were receiving them. Still, Colorado’s state-supervised, county-based system for enrolling people in the food assistance program under performs compared with the rest of the country.
I don’t believe that putting more on welfare is good, I guess some believe we should pay everyone for nothing. At this time I have offered 7 individuals a day worth of work here on the ranch, bring them here-take them back, offering 12.00 per hour. One agreed but didn’t show for the second day. I guess the nation is real good at catching pigs.
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